Sunday, June 2, 2013

The RAOR Movement (and Curling Up with a Good Book)

So it's official, Luke likes to read!

And darn cute at it, too!

Good timing, buddy, because Daddy has something really important to share with you...

Tomorrow, RELEASE WEEK begins and Breathing In and Breathing Out: Leader of Men officially releases!

Which brings me to the exciting part: I am giving away cool stuff every day on the blog, from Monday to Friday, to celebrate the release with you!

Breathing In and Breathing Out is a book to inspire and empower men, and it fits neatly before Father's Day (psst...Father's Day gift). But I don't just want to empower men. I want to honor them.

So I've come up with what I'm calling the RAOR movement. That's right. RAOR. It's a movement of Random Acts Of Respect on social media to men from your church, neighborhood, job, and family -- wherever -- who have influenced you positively and who would appreciate hearing it leading up to Father's Day.

Would you RAOR with me?

I want to create such a RAOR this week it is DEAFENING.

Just put up a social media post, tweet, blog post--whatever--even send an email, make a phone call, or stop your day to specifically honor a man. If it's on social media, mention the RAOR movement or add a #RAOR or #RAOR movement. Yep, it's that easy. Will you join me?

Every day this week -- Monday to Friday -- there will be an entry form on the blog. Simply click that you'll honor a father or man that specific day (in a specific way that you normally wouldn't). Each day I'll select one entry to win the day's gift. Every day, new opportunities to win!

Tomorrow's gift is a masculinity and femininity gift set!! One lucky entry will receive a set of masculinity and femininity books by Elisabeth Elliot -- The Mark of a Man and Let Me Be a Woman!

Additionally, every day you can click that you'll share something about Breathing In and Breathing Out: Leader of Men that day in a social media post, tweet, blog, email, phone call, or conversation with a friend you think would enjoy the book, and you'll be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Lowe's, Bass Pro Shop, or Outback Steakhouse. The winner gets to choose.

Every day two options: 1. RAOR  2. Share Breathing In and Breathing Out with friends

Two opportunities:  1. A gift set  2. A $50 gift card.

Will you RAOR with me?

Most importantly, I want to carry out the mission of the book through the sales on So I'm donating ALL proceeds during RELEASE WEEK to charity (specifically orphans--the fatherless).

My goal is to raise $1,000 for orphans in 5 days, from Monday to Friday. I believe we can do it.

And now, your first bit of the book...Chapter 1 will be on the blog starting tomorrow!!



     Years ago, a friend Terry, my brother Richard, and I led a Christian club at the local public high school. After some discussion, we tried a bold move—we had the students lead everything. They planned meetings, gave talks, and led prayers. Surprisingly, far more students showed up wanting to lead than to participate.
     And in one of those moments when you recall someone beckoning you over and uttering a secret that has since changed your life, Terry leaned in and whispered a statement that stuck with me.
     “When natural leaders walk into a place where there are no opportunities to lead, they naturally leave.”
     I have never been able to shake it.

     That is what has happened with the church.


Get ready to RAOR.

And to find a corner to curl up in with a good book.

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